Promoting economic opportunity will be one of my highest priorities in the Florida House. Brevard County is home to beautiful beaches, great schools, and one of the most talented and highly-trained workforces in Florida. I support keeping taxes low, eliminating unnecessary regulations, expanding workforce training, and continuing to strengthen Florida’s space industry. We must ensure a low tax burden and continue to control property tax rates.
Florida’s future depends on a strong education system. I will work to make Florida schools the best in the nation. That means an education focused on the basics, not on radical ideologies. I believe parental rights in education must be upheld. I also support universal school choice to give every family the opportunity to find the education that’s best for their children. I will continue to expand the workforce education options available for students to learn skills that lead to good-paying jobs in the labor market. And I will stand firm against CRT indoctrination in our public schools and will affirm classical education norms.
I have always supported strong border security to stop illegal immigration. I will never allow Florida to become a sanctuary state. While Congress fails to secure the border, the Florida Legislature must keep Floridians safe from illegal immigrants. I will give law enforcement the tools they need to enforce the rule of law. I will put Floridians first over those illegally in our state.
I will never defund the police. I am proudly endorsed by Sheriff Wayne Ivey. I will put our police and families first, not criminals. I will work to provide law enforcement with the tools and resources they need to tackle crime.
I staunchly support our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. In Congress, I consistently voted to protect gun rights, and I’ll do the same in the Florida House. I support permitless carry and understand that strong self-defense laws keep Florida families safe. I received a lifetime NRA grade of “A” while in Congress.
I am pro-life and earned a 100% rating from National Right to Life. All life has value and dignity and should be protected. I will always vote to protect the unborn and support a culture that celebrates the value of life.
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY/RIGHT OF CONSCIENCE
In the past, millions of people migrated to The United States to enjoy the freedoms and liberties allowed under our constitution and our Bill of Rights. Especially for religious liberty. However, today more than ever in our nation’s history there are some who would like to restrict religious freedom, keep it confined to the church building, and not allow free and open expression of religious opinion.
A perfect example of this is in the health care arena, where many abortion advocates would like to force pro-life nurses to assist in performing abortions, despite the fact that their faith teaches them that all human life is precious. Doing so would violate their conscience and faith principles. This is why, while serving in the US House, I succeeded in passing into law the Weldon conscience protections for health care workers.
As your representative in Tallahassee, I will work to protect religious liberty and rights of conscience in Florida.
As a physician and a former legislator, I can bring a perspective of knowledge and experience to the debate surrounding COVID-19 and the government’s response to the pandemic. I have taken care of many people who were made ill and saw some of my patients pass away. Too many government responses were excessive and harmful. Thankfully we live in Florida and Gov. DeSantis and his team did a tremendous job protecting our citizens from bureaucratic overreach and ineffective job-destroying lockdown policies.
I support Gov. DeSantis’ panel to investigate any possible Covid vaccination misrepresentation and or wrongdoing. I am opposed to vaccine mandates, particularly for children. Florida led the way in refraining from wrongheaded policies and we need to be even more prepared for any future pandemics with policies and laws that ensure that our freedoms and liberties won’t be compromised. As a physician and legislator, I want to be sure that the sacred doctor-patient relationship is never again interfered with by technocrats or unelected administrators.
For too long now, Big Tech has invaded our online privacy, appropriated our personal information and censored us with the collusion of federal institutions like the FBI and DHS. It’s time to say enough, and that’s why I support the Gov. DeSantis’ Digital Bill of Rights initiative. I look forward to working with him and House legislators to reel in Big Tech overreach and surveillance of our lives and activities. The 4th amendment guards against sweeping geofencing and general warrants, yet Big Tech has provided such information without consent, abusing the third-party agreements all users must acknowledge for use of their product. This unethical activity has become too pervasive and must be addressed. Florida must lead the way to curtail such abuses and ensure a safer and more secure online experience.
In Tallahassee, I will be a dependable advocate for the Indian River Lagoon. I support funding and science-based policy initiatives to restore the Indian River’s health so it can sustain Brevard’s future for generations.
I am a veteran with six years active duty, eight years reserves in the Army Medical Corps, attaining to the rank of Major. My father, David Weldon Senior, also served in the United States Army for 4 years during World War II with extensive combat service in the South Pacific Theater receiving the Purple Heart twice. For many years I have been a member of the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.
During my 14 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives I served on the House Committee that funded the VA and worked with numerous veteran’s advocacy groups to support the veteran’s community. I also worked closely with the multi-service academy nominating committee that assisted me in appointing dozens of individuals from the congressional district to our academies.
My greatest accomplishment in supporting the veteran’s community was in 1996 when I secured a $25 million dollar appropriation to build the East-Central Florida Veterans Clinic in Viera. That clinic, now operational for more the 25 years, allows many veterans in the area to receive high quality care without having to travel around the state. Once the clinic was opened I volunteered one day a month seeing patients during my term of service in congress.
As a practicing physician I currently care for numerous veterans to include some with combat related injuries. As a candidate for Florida House District 32, I am looking forward to working with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director General James Hartsell to make sure our veterans’ needs are addressed.
I am particularly interested in working to assist with the many challenges our veterans face on return to civilian life to include jobs and employment, homelessness, PTSD, and the unacceptably high rate of suicide that plagues our veteran’s community.
Medical care costs and health insurance rates continue to be a challenge for many Florida families and businesses. The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) has proven to be a major disappointment. As a practicing physician I deal with these challenges on a daily basis, such as the high cost of prescription drugs.
Inserting the government into the doctor patient relationship is not the way towards better quality and reduced costs. We in Florida can lead the way through injecting more market forces and cost transparency and empowering patients and physicians to choose cost savings options that don’t undermine quality or insert the government into the doctor patient relationship.